Ever been annoyed by looking at your dirty keyboard? Ever had crumbs stuck under the keys making noises as you press them?
Then you are looking at the right guide!
This guide will show you how to clean your Lenovo or IBM laptops keyboard easily and thoroughly. It is done on your own, it is your little project, this is just a guide. I will not take ANY responsibility for broken keyboards.
I have succesfully pulled this off numerous times now without anything breaking.
You have probably heard that electronics and water don't go together well. That's true. But only if there's power connected to the unit poured submerged in water or poured water over.
You can clean your electronics with water, as long as you let it dry 100% before connecting it again.Step 1:
Remove your keyboard from your Thinkpad(s)
In my example, I did this to my new X61s' and X41's keyboards.Step 2:
Make sure your water is hot.
It should be about 50-60ºC (120-140ºF) You can check this by putting your index finger under the water. And if it's getting uncomfortably hot, it's the right temperature.)Step 3:
Add soap to the water.
Regular handsoap will do. Just about 2-3 tablespoons will do.Step 4:
Submerge keyboard(s).Step 5:
Here comes the waiting game..
While waiting, you can do like me, and turn on the radiator so that it's on it's medium setting. (Mustn't be too warm, you wouldn't want your keyboard melting.
don't dry them on an electrical radiator. As they get hotter than regular water heated radiators. (Also, most of them have *Don't cover this radiator!* written on them.)Step 6:
After about 1 hour submerged into the hot water, your keyboards should be done.
Now put them on your radiator, or somewhere else with a matching temperature. (An oven at low heat should do the trick as well. Haven't tried it though.)Important:
Let them dry for good, so you don't end up short circuiting your system.
I recommend at least 12 hours of drying before installing it in your Thinkpad! - 24 hours would be even better.
A tip from me, is to put them into the water at dinner time, taking them up an hour later, and leaving them the entire night. That way you don't avoid using your Thinkpad for 12 hours, unless you use it while you sleep of course. Step 7:
Turn over the keyboards after the first 30 minutes. 1 Hour after the first turn over, turn them over again, and let them dry.Step 8:
When completely dry, install keyboard(s) back on your Thinkpad.
Image to come.. I'm still waiting on mine to dry.
Good luck, and thanks for reading!
- ColaBtw. Sorry if I'm not allowed to post pictures. Just let me know, and I'll change them to links. (They are averaging at 140 KBs though, so I'm not sure if it'd be an issue for anyone)